US22751 NA version 2 annotated exemplar

Read and process information in English for academic purposes

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The same piece of student evidence has been used to exemplify both Evidence Requirements. Two texts must be assessed on two separate occasions to meet the range statement of Outcome 1. Only material from the processing of one text, including key excerpts from that text, has been exemplified.

The text read is Newton, K. M. "Othello: Overview." Reference Guide to English Literature. Ed. D. L. Kirkpatrick. 2nd ed. 3 vols. Chicago: Gale, 1991. Literature Resource Center. Gale. Pascack Hills HS Lib., Montvale NJ. 13 Nov. 2008. http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/?db=LitRC.

Assessment against this unit standard has been conducted in conjunction with study in another learning area (see Explanatory Note 2). Students had read and studied the play Othello.

Does not meet Evidence Requirement 1.1

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To meet Evidence Requirement 1.1, students must read and process information in English for academic purposes (Outcome 1). This involves identifying the writer’s purpose, and explaining how certain features (such as the use of tone, structure and vocabulary) helped to identify the purpose of the text.

The student reads the text Othello: Overview as one of the two texts required. This text has an academic orientation and a level of language complexity sufficient for the requirements of university entrance (Explanatory Note 3).

The student identifies the writer’s purpose [1]. The overview of what happens in the first paragraph implies that structure is a feature that enables the identification of this purpose [2].

To meet the Evidence Requirement, the student needs to make an explicit reference to structure. At least one specific example would also support this explanation. 

Does not meet Evidence Requirement 1.2, 1.3

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To meet Evidence Requirements 1.2 and 1.3, students must read and process information in English for academic purposes (Outcome 1). This involves:

  • analysing and evaluating key information - literal, implied and inferred - to determine the relevance to the academic purpose
  • applying the relevant information in a form and manner appropriate to that academic purpose.

The student reads the text Othello: Overview as one of the two texts required. The academic purpose [1] is appropriate, and has scope for the student to demonstrate understanding as required for the B2 reading descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The answers holistically show understanding of the text. The student selects appropriate information, using quotation and paraphrasing show a literal understanding of meanings [2].Key information that is relevant to the academic purpose is selected.

Some relevant information from the text is applied in a form that is appropriate to the academic purpose. The student applies key information form the text to present a critical response to some of Newton’s ideas. Quotations are used to support points [3], going beyond simple information transfer (Evidence Requirement 1.3). 

To meet Evidence Requirement 1.2, the student needs go analyse implied and inferred meanings in the key information. The student could consider what Newton is implying about humanity [4] and evaluate the idea of why the two characters fail [5].

To meet Evidence Requirement 1.3, the student needs to select information that demonstrates a broader understanding of Newton’s views. The synthesis could consider ideas of completion or love.

 
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